When I hover over the upvote or downvote arrows on a post where I have voted, I see the following tooltip "this answer is useful (click again to undo)".

highlighted vote up tooltip

I never really noticed the phrase "click again to undo" as I always knew that I could do that. I also knew about vote locking after, I think, 15 minutes.

So, I thought that this message meant that my vote could be changed because of an edit. However, there had not been any edits on that post, so I clicked the vote button to check the message and saw: "You last voted on this answer yesterday. Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited."

your vote is locked in message

So my question is: why am I being told that I can undo my vote and then told, in fact, that I cannot undo my vote?

Shouldn't the phrase "click again to undo" only appear when I can, in fact, undo my vote?

  • 1
    It's worth noting that whether you can undo your vote or not is calculated on the fly when you attempt to remove your vote. Jan 16 at 0:18
  • It is so irritating to get such misleading guidance; they should have just made some javascript, and it should tell you that your vote is locked in in advance, so you're not bothered to click at all
    – sdbbs
    Jan 24 at 5:14

2 Answers 2


It is intended to find a way to inform the functionality. Something like this would be much more objective for tooltips:

First click (unvoted) up:

If you find this question/answer helpful, you can click positive here.

First click (unvoted) down:

If you find this question/answer not helpful, you can click here.

For voted up:

You upvoted this question. If the vote is not blocked or the post owner edited the content, you can perform a second click to reverse the vote.

For voted down:

You downvoted this question. If the vote is not blocked or the post owner edited the content, you can perform a second click to reverse the vote.

It must be taken into consideration that a label/popup that inform a functionality does not indicate or suggest that it will work... since the operation will depend on other metrics and considerations that the system has.

Well, it is also important that if I could, in the popup/label of the up and down vote arrow, I would add the link to the help page of each site:

For more information about negative votes visit the help site.

  • Or maybe "If your vote is not locked in then click again to undo your vote". I think reversing your vote would imply changing from an upvote to a downvote, for example.
    – PeterJames
    Jan 15 at 22:10
  • of course i have update mi answer... Jan 15 at 22:17
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    "If the vote is not blocked" This seems to explain the feature with itself. Perhaps it would be better to describe the actual mechanism? "For a short while after voting as well as after the post owner edited the content, clicking this button reverses the vote." Jan 17 at 9:32
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    @MisterMiyagi creo que tienes razón. Jan 17 at 13:04

The vote is locked in automatically after a certain period of time and you can't change it unless the question is edited. That way, you have a chance to change your mind based on the edit.

The popup you see when you hover over the up or down arrow is only there to remind you this is what an up or down vote should mean when you cast it.

The popup always shows up because that's just how this site is built. If you want to add or change a feature, you could make that request.

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    This is the place to take it up with the staff. Jan 16 at 1:35
  • @Sonic and yet this isn't even a feature request, it's just asking "why" not "please change it". Jan 16 at 15:44
  • @Shadow That's a "what" question. The answer is talking about "where", of which this site is the correct place. Jan 16 at 19:12
  • @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog The question was a "why" question and this answer gave a "because" answer. Not a "where" answer. But I removed the "staff" part of the answer, since it seemed to cause an issue. Jan 16 at 19:19
  • Why the downvotes??? Jan 16 at 19:20
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    This doesn't seem helpful. The first two paragraphs don't add anything and merely provide unnecessary background. The third paragraph basically addresses a "why is it like this" with a "because it is like this". Jan 17 at 9:26
  • @MisterMiyagi I appreciate the feedback. It seemed fitting for the question as asked. I'll work on an edit to improve it. Thanks. Jan 17 at 15:30

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